It took six penalty kicks, but the St. Francis Borgia Regional soccer Knights prevailed Tuesday to earn a 2-1 victory over Duchesne in St. Charles.
“As you can imagine we were very excited after the win due to the fact that we lost to them twice last season and because of the dramatic fashion of the win,” Borgia Head Coach Danny Strohmeyer said. “Duchesne played a well-organized, compact and aggressive game. They were difficult for us to break down. I was impressed with how disciplined they played, especially with several freshmen starting on varsity.”
Borgia (2-0) has had a close rivalry with its Archdiocesan Athletic Association foe Duchesne (0-4) and this year’s first game was no exception to the close competition the teams have had in recent years.
Rodolfo Flores netted the game-winning goal after it was tied through the first round of shooters.
“We had a number of quality chances, but only got one in during regulation,” Strohmeyer said. “Overtime was tense and again we had some chances but couldn’t put any in. Then, in the shootout, the most excruciating and exciting thing in soccer, we missed a couple early, but Kurt Politte got us back in it with two saves. Our sixth shooter, Rodolfo Fores won it with a smooth strike to the back of the net.”
During the first five penalty kicks, Borgia got goals from Drew Holzem, Aidan Ottens and Trevor Landrum. It was tied 3-3 after each team’s first five shooters.
Politte made two saves during the penalty kicks.
“Our defense was outstanding,” Strohmeyer said. “Duchesne did not get a shot on goal, and the few times they broke through our back line Kurt Politte came out of the goal to shut them down.”
Duchesne took the lead six minutes into the second half on a goal from Ryan Hill. Nic Budrovich assisted.
Strohmeyer noted that was from a throw-in and Borgia had prepared for it, but this one got through.
Borgia tied it with 12 minutes to play on a goal from Brent Pagan. Trent Strubberg assisted. Strohmeyer said that goal was created from a crossing pass.
During penalty kicks, Duchesne got goals from Harry Loomis, Will Schwendemann and Hill.